It’s been two decades since Little Brother first released their groundbreaking debut album The Listening, and it’s still hailed as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. To celebrate, Little Brother co-founders Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh will be embarking on a special four-city tour in March to mark the milestone anniversary. Let’s take a look at why this album was so impactful, and how it changed the landscape of alternative rap music.
The Listening was an instant classic when it debuted in 2003, and its influence can still be felt today. This album highlighted “grown man” or “every man” rap—a perspective that spoke to the working class and everyday person. It was a refreshing change from the braggadocio style that was popular at the time, and it resonated with people who felt like they didn’t have a voice in hip-hop culture.
Little Brother is considered one of the most influential rap groups in history, and they have earned numerous accolades including being named one of Rolling Stone’s “200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Of All Time.” Their legacy continues to inspire younger generations of rappers who cite them as an influence in their own creative work. To celebrate this monumental anniversary, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh are taking their show on tour across four different cities throughout March 2021—including San Diego, Santa Ana, Boston and Brooklyn—so fans can get together once again to experience this classic album live!
Get ready to experience the best of hip hop in San Diego, Santa Ana, New York and Boston! We’re proud to announce that on March 3rd renowned Soulection’s AbJo will bless us with a killer DJ set. And it won’t stop there – Hannibal Buress (aka rapper/instrumentalist Eshu Tune) is also kicking off the show when we move over to Santa Ana on March 4th. But wait..it gets even better! Brooklyn legend Skyzoo joins the tour for dates happening in NYC to Boston. Its gonna be fire!!